Planning the build
Why build an extension?
Initial design sketches
On-line Building Regs
Meeting planners
 Meeting building control
 Planning the foundations
 Planning the floor slab
 Marking out the footings
 Damp proof course issues
 Possible drainage problems?

 Construction of the walls
 Proposed roof structure
Windows diary
 Window challenges
 Initial window plans
 Making the casements
 Making the frame
 Designing leaded lights
 Making leaded lights
 Assembling the window
 The little window

 The door frame
Demolition diary
 The demolition starts!
 The demolition continues
 Still more demolition

Foundations diary
 Foundation issues
 Drain issues
 Digging the foundations
 Rethinking foundations!
 Pouring the foundations

Floor slab diary
 Rethinking the slab!
 Floor vent extensions
 Preparing the slab #1
 Preparing the slab #2
 Pouring the slab

Walls diary
 Preparing to build walls
 Build up to the DPC
 Build the walls #1
 Build the walls #2
 The gas men cometh
 Build the walls #3
 Finishing the walls
Roof diary
 Roof structure build
 Tiling the roof
 Finishing the roof
 Finishing the gables
 Roof insulation

 Floor screed
 Shower room
 Shower room floors
 Shower room walls
 Utility room
 Utility room walls
 Utility room floor
 Finishing the windows

Project finished!
 Final inspection
 The certificate
 Final thoughts

 Twelve months on!
 Material costs
Sister sites
 House re-roof project
 Home gas usage data

 Stop paint flaking
 DIY secondary glazing


Foundation issues

Saturday, 7th April: I have now cleared the area after a lot more digging and wheel barrowing , so I need to start thinking a little more about the foundations and the level of the dpc etc.

The cleared ground

Close up of the two drains - the far one comes from the kitchen.

I think I will move the kitchen waste pipe around the corner of the kitchen so that it will be placed outside of the extension. This should be fairly straightforward to achieve. The drainage pipe will have to go through the foundations.

The gas pipe

The other utility that comes into the house at the rear of the house is the gas pipe, I always thought this could be a problem so I wanted to see where it was actually located. So I dug a few test holes.

I found it and it looks like I now have a bit of a problem as the gas pipe, as shown on the drawing below, pretty much falls directly under the foundations of the outside wall of the extension.

A guesstimate of where the gas pipe lies in relation to the foundations

It looks like I will have to place foundations either side of the pipe and leave a gap that can be filled with sand and then lay the foundation slab across the top. I will need to find out whether this will be acceptable from a building regulations perspective. I can't see that it will be a problem if I do it properly. I certainly can't move the gas pipe. More work it seems!

The approximate position of the 600mm wide foundations

The two holes just to the left of the steps are where the gas pipe is located.

I can't do too much more until I start digging the foundations out in earnest once I know how to handle the gas pipe issue.

I talked about my solution to my architect neighbour and he said that what I was thinking about would be fine. Build  a couple of foundations either side of the pipe using wooden shuttering to shape the concrete, fill with sand or shingle and add a solid layer of concrete on the top. The total width of the bottom should be wider by the width of the gap so that the total area of concrete in touch with the ground is still 600mm.

The above 'theory' in relation to the gas pipe was all rubbish as I found out later...

It is likely that I will have at least one, or possibly two steps in the foundation level as the extension is on a slope. I'll make the final decision when digging the trenches.

I think I'm there now. I now need to get a few days of good weather as I don't want the foundation trenched to flood, check with building inspector that what I propose with the foundations is OK, dig out the trenches, organise for the building inspector to come out and approve the trenches and then, finally, mix the concrete and fill them.

Oh, I need to order the sand and cement after I have calculated the volume of concrete needed.

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